NYSDOT Leader Named AASHTO Environmental Chair

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently appointed Marie Therese Dominguez (above at podium) – commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation – to a two-year term as chair of its Committee on Environment and Sustainability or CES, which addresses environmental and sustainability issues related to the efficient delivery and operation of the nation’s multimodal transportation systems.

[Above photo by the NYSDOT]

Dominguez – unanimously confirmed as NYSDOT’s commissioner in June 2019 – has worked in the transportation, water and energy infrastructure, safety, and logistics sectors for over 25 years.

She served in numerous leadership positions within the federal government and private sector, including as administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration or PHMSA within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Marie Therese Dominguez. Photo via the New York Governor’s Office.

[Editor’s note: In February, Dominguez sat down with the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast to discuss how NYSDOT is working to build a more resilient transportation system at the state level.]

Prior to leading PHMSA, she served as the principal deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for Civil Works within the U.S. Department of Defense, overseeing policy and budget direction for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Dominguez also served as vice president for government relations and public policy at the U.S. Postal Service, where she led legislative and public policy initiatives; as deputy chief of staff and counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration; special assistant to the chairman at the National Transportation Safety Board; and as a special assistant to President Clinton and associate director of Presidential Personnel in the White House. Dominguez obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. in American Studies from Smith College.

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